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Mozzarella Sticks

I'm particularly fond of these tasty mozzarella sticks because they're baked, not fried. Cheese is one of my family's favorite foods. Being of Italian descent, I cook often with ricotta and mozzarella cheeses. —Mary Merchant, Barre, Vermont
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 sticks string cheese
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 1 cup marinara or spaghetti sauce, heated

Directions

  • Place flour in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, beat eggs and water. In a third shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and pepper. Coat cheese sticks with flour, then dip in egg mixture and coat with bread crumb mixture. Repeat egg and bread crumb coatings. Cover and freeze for at least 2 hours or overnight.
  • Place on a parchment lined baking sheet; spray with cooking spray. Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 6-8 minutes or until heated through. Allow to stand for 3-5 minutes before serving. Serve with marinara or spaghetti sauce for dipping.
Editor's Note: Regular mozzarella cheese, cut into 4-in. x 1/2-in. sticks, can be substituted for the string cheese.
Nutrition Facts
2 each: 312 calories, 17g fat (10g saturated fat), 116mg cholesterol, 749mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 1g fiber), 20g protein.
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  • shannondobos
    Apr 11, 2020

    These are a MUST try. I made them exactly as written, except I didn't see any instructions regarding the butter, so I left it out completely. Everyone thought they were delicious, and I loved that they just seemed healthier than the packaged variety from the store.

  • SharonAMichael
    Jan 31, 2015

    A definite CROWD PLEASER . . . even my picky kiddos LOVED them!! They even requested them for our Super Bowl Sunday spread!!I added the melted butter to the bread crumb mixture . . . I also cut my string cheese in thirds to make more of a mozzarella cheese bite . . . on the second bread crumb application I pressed in the bread crumbs. I had NO problems with cheese oozing out or soggy breading!! I layered my cheese bites on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and slapped them in the freezer to set for about 30 minutes . . . then I bagged them in a freezer bag and froze them until I was ready to bake them. I also baked mine @ 425.In addition, I added an extra 1/2 teaspoon of Garlic Powder and used only 1 1/2 teaspoons of Italian seasoning.

  • jmkasprak
    Jun 4, 2014

    I had no problem with my string cheese oozing. When I first took them out of the oven, the breading was slightly soggy, like one reviewer mentioned. Since my guests were late in arriving, I turned the oven back to 180 to hold, and when I took them out a half hour later they had gotten a nice firm crust like I had fried them. My guests were surprised when I told them I made them. I would give them 5 stars after they crisped up.

  • Kaublee
    Aug 27, 2013

    Had high hopes for this. I followed the recipe exactly as directed. I breaded each stick separate and made sure they were coated so no cheese would ooze out while baking. All but one didn't ooze and the breading was very soggy. My cheese loving kids didn't like them. I think it has more potential if deep fried!

  • Bambi45
    Feb 19, 2013

    I was wondering, could you fry these?

  • alexiscwagner
    Feb 12, 2013

    Not as good as I had hoped-it's not worth making by hand. I'll probably just buy them in future

  • tamarachronister
    Aug 23, 2012

    Wonderful flavor! I used mozzarella brick cheese ... and baked in toaster oven. Will use string cheese and conv. oven next time.Brick cheese melted too much and was a bit heavy. Sometimes experiments don't work! But it's a great recipe if you follow directions!! :)

  • best of home cooks
    May 19, 2012

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  • skywaitress
    Jan 28, 2012

    I sub low fat string cheese to lower calories. The reason for chilling is so the cheese doesn't melt to a flat mess in the oven. I have put them in the freezer for about 45min to an hour. Turns out fine!

  • bubbatazium
    Dec 1, 2011

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